Over the past 10 years, there has been a growing interest in all things space-related. The space economy is now a hot topic among companies, citizens and governments, and covers many areas. From climate change monitoring support to safety and security mechanisms and the development of advanced digital and communications systems, the space economy plays an expanding role in today’s society.
Following this growing importance, the demand for reliable and timely statistics on the space economy also increased. To respond to this demand, Eurostat joined forces European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) to develop a thematic account of space economy activities in Europe.
Today, we are launching a new webpage on the European space economy themed account as part of our section on test statistics. This thematic account will provide consolidated statistics on key gross domestic product (GDP) indicators for the space economy, including output, gross value added (GVA), employment and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These statistics are generated using a supply and use framework System of National Accounts (SNA 2008), allowing us to capture the direct, indirect and induced contribution of the space economy.
Following today’s webpage publication, Eurostat will publish its first results on the EU space economy on 15 December. These include data on exports and imports of spacecraft (including satellites) and launch vehicles. A paper detailing the methodology of the calculation published jointly with the JRC and ESA will be published on the same day.
On 15 December, ESA, JRC and Eurostat jointly published the report with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Statistical Classifications for Space Economic Measurement” will be published. It will present for the first time a comprehensive list of comparable statistical indices to measure the space economy at the international, North American and European levels.
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